Alice, Hidden Beaches Specialist
I was lucky enough to start visiting far-flung destinations from a young age, and had my first taste of independent travel when I set off on a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand for seven months. Working in Paris as part of my French degree at Edinburgh University helped me understand that travel is where my true passion lies. I set off whenever I can to discover new places — from watching the sun rise at Borobudur in Indonesia to exploring Vietnam’s temples and India’s palaces.
I have always been at my happiest relaxing on beaches, so I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to spend six weeks volunteering in Mauritius. Since joining the Hidden Beaches team at Audley, I have revisited this stunning island as well as the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Thailand.
I'll never forget when…
One night after dark, while walking from my tent to supper, I came face-to-face with a hippo. I was on safari in the Selous, in Tanzania, and although my heart almost stopped knowing how dangerous hippos can be out of water, I felt completely safe standing behind one of the camp’s Maasai guides. Watching hippos bob their heads up and down in the Rufiji River on a boat safari was one of the many highlights of my time in the Selous, but practically bumping into one on the path at the lodge was truly unforgettable.